All articles by Peter Baumgartner

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Python Package Manager Shootout

tl;dr I built a benchmark for Python Package managers, you can view it at https://lincolnloop.github.io/python-package-manager-shootout/ When starting a new Python project, you have a few different options for how you want to manage your dependencies. Like Node.js has npm, yarn, …
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Choosing a Django Version

One of the first things you need to do when starting a new Django project is to choose which version of Django you are going to use. At any given time, there could be as many as three supported Django …
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High Performance Django Is Free Online

In 2014 Yann Malet and I (with the help of the rest of the team here) wrote a book about building and scaling Django websites. It was the culmination of things we'd learned from, at the time, close to a …
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Distributed Locking in Django

As you start scaling an application out horizontally (adding more servers/instances), you may run into a problem that requires distributed locking. That's a fancy term, but the concept is simple. Sometimes you have to be sure that when a block …
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Goodconf: A Python Configuration Library

I've been working quite a bit lately on streamlining Lincoln Loop's standard deployment systems. One thorn we've always had is how to handle application configuration. In the past, we would have our configuration management system write the configuration out to …
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Python Dependency Locking with pip-tools

Two of the biggest benefits pipenv and poetry are dependency locking and hash checking. Dependency locking means you can specify the direct dependencies your code requires, for example, celery==4.4.* and the tooling will lock, not only celery to a specific …
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Dissecting a Python Zipapp Built with Shiv

In a previous post, we showed how to use shiv to bundle a Django project into a single file for distribution and deployment. Running a large Python project as a single file feels like magic -- which is great until …
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Single-file Python/Django Deployments

This post covers portions of my talk, Containerless Django, from DjangoCon US 2018. Deploying Python has improved significantly since I started working with it over a decade ago. We have virtualenv, pip, wheels, package hash verification, and lock files. Despite …
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Saying Goodbye to BotBot.me

Our venerable IRC logger, BotBot.me logged its first lines in the summer of 2012 . Since then, it has logged over 100 million lines for more than 400 IRC channels, primarily on the Freenode and Mozilla networks. Despite the rise …
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Sandboxing Services with Systemd

With Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) now a year away from end-of-life, we've been planning and performing upgrades for the soon-to-be legacy OS. The biggest change is the move from Upstart to Systemd for managing services. It's trivial to convert a service …